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Islam in Southeast Asia: The Basics


Admission requirements

Successful completion of the first years' course Introduction to the Study of Islam, or another academic introductory course to Islam. If you do not meet this requirement, but would still like to take the course, please mail both professor Nico Kaptein and Coordinator of Studies, well in advance of the start of the course, indicating the reasons for your interest, as well as the ground on which you think you can be admitted. The maximum number of students allowed in this seminar is 15


The format of this course is a seminar and requires student presentations and active participation in the discussions on the weekly reading assignments. The seminar addresses the history and current manifestations of Islam in Southeast Asia, with a focus on the largest country of the region, Indonesia. It approaches the history, doctrines, and practices of Islam in Southeast Asia, as well as its relation with the colonial and present-day nation states.

Course objectives

Students will gain basic knowledge on Islam in Southeast Asia in the past and in the present, and its religious, cultural, social and political dimensions. Moreover, the seminar aims to improve students ability to give presentations and to participate in an academic discussion.


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Mode of instruction

This course will be given through Kaltura Live Room, unless otherwise stated depending on government and university regulations.
Attendance and active participation are obligatory for lectures and seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenor needs to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (e.g. illness, family issues, problems with residence permits). In these cases, it is up to the discretion of the convener of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Assessment method

Assessment and weighing

Partial Assessment Weighing
Presentation of 20 minutes and active participation in discussions 20%
Weekly reading report, to be uploaded via Blackboard 30%
Written final examination 50%


There will be a re-sit of the final exam. The grade for this re-sit will replace the grade of the first final examination and have a weight of 50%.

The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.

Exam review

If a student requests in writing a review of his/her examination answer script within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

Weekly readings: tba


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs
Studeren à la carte is not possible for this course.


For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar. * For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Vrieshof


A detailed program willl be available through blackboard before the start of the course.
The first meeting cannot be missed.

Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).